Drafted: Phoenix, 4th round, 2004
First point:Assist vs. Boston
Strengths: Porter is a great two-way player. In the
offensive zone he has great vision and should find himself among
the assist leaders.
Weaknesses: Porter can get a little too fancy with the
puck. He needs to keep it simple.
Potential: Porter has been paired early with Milan Gajic,
which should present him a ton of assist opportunities.
Coaches Corner: “Porter is solid, very dependable.
We feel comfortable with him on the ice in any situation.”
— Associate Head Coach Mel Pearson
Drafted: Phoenix, 7th round, 2004
First point:Goal vs. Boston
Strengths: Kolarik is a big-time goal scorer. Along with
his touch around the net, he has the ability to set up his fair
share of goals, too.
Weaknesses: His defense is a potential liability. He
needs to improve his play away from the puck
Potential: Kolarik should find himself near the Michigan
scoring leaders. Look for him to embarrass a few goalies.
Coaches corner: “Chad is energetic, skillful and
dynamic — the things we had hoped he’d bring to our
team.” — Pearson